Category Archives: Books

Warrior Monk

Warrior MonkI just finished the book Warrior Monk by Raymond Keating. The book centers around a man by the name of Stephen Grant, a former CIA agent turned Lutheran pastor. He is the pastor of St. Mary’s Lutheran Church in Long Island. The current pope, Augustine I, is promoting a radical initiative, “A Public Mission of Mere Christianity.” It is truly a radical initiative – so radical that it has numerous people, groups and organizations coming out of the woodworks to protest. There are talks of assassinations, there are murders, there are conspiracies. At the heart of all this is Pr. Stephen Grant. His church experiences a major tragedy and is reeling from what has happened.  Pastor Grant is asked to assist with security for the pope. A Lutheran working for/with the pope? Yup, it happens! Is Grant a pastor and theologian or is he CIA agent for hire? Read it to find out for yourself!

Interesting Thoughts

  • I think it’s funny that a Lutheran church would be named St. Mary’s; I’m not 100% sure, but I’m going out on a limb here and saying that there is no St. Mary’s Lutheran Church in The LCMS.
  • The president of The LCMS is Harrison Piepkorn. The actual current president of The LCMS is Matthew Harrison. Piepkorn is probably in reference to Arthur Carl Piepkorn.
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Posted by on March 20, 2011 in Books, Lutheran, Roman Catholic Church


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Great quote about the Missouri Synod

From its inception on April 26, 1847, The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod has emphasized the importance of linking together doctrine, practice, and mission. While this is an obvious, almost simplistic point, to confuse this issue will lead one to misunderstand the life of the Synod. Doctrine abstracted from life and unapplied in mission is merely an intellectual enterprise. Practice without a doctrinal and missional basis can degenerate into accommodation. Mission without doctrinal substance can lose the focus of the Gospel of Christ and lack practical impact. But bring doctrine, practice and mission together, and remarkable things can happen. Practicing substantive doctrine in mission can result in extraordinary unity and growth. (Emphasis added)

Rev. Dr. Lawrence R. Rast, Jr.

(Forward, At Home in the House of My Fathers)

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Posted by on February 17, 2011 in Books, Lutheran, Quotes


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To read: “At Home in the House of My Fathers”

At Home in the House of My FathersOne book that I’ve been eager to pick up is “At Home in the House My Fathers.” The book is subtitled “Presidential Sermons, Essays, Letters, and Addresses from the Missouri Synod’s Great Era of Unity and Growth.” That’s a mouthful to say the least.

The main editor of this book is Rev. Matthew Harrison, President of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.

This book contains various sermons, essays, letters, and addresses from the first five presidents of The LCMS:

  • Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther (1847-1850, 1864-1878)
  • Friedrich Conrad Dietrich Wyneken (1850-1864)
  • Heinrich Christian Schwan (1878-1899)
  • Franz August Otto Pieper (1899-1911)
  • Fredrich Pfotenhauer (1911-1935)

If you are interested in the historical writings of our Synod, this is probably the book for you.

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Posted by on February 15, 2011 in Books, LCMS


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“We Lutherans are the real Catholics”

I’m currently reading the book, “Warrior Monk” by Ray Keating. It is about a man named Stephen Grant who is a former CIA analyst turned Lutheran pastor. Yeah, it’s a hard one to imagine, but it makes for a good read.

I was amused by a conversation between Grant and Father McDermott, the local Roman Catholic priest:

After taking a hearty swig of his draft from Holland, Ron asked, “Do you have any plans, Stephen, of moving from Wittenberg to Rome that I don’t know about?

Stephen was surprised. “What? Become a Roman Catholic? Are you kidding?” That came out wrong. He recovered, needling his friend. “How many times do I have to tell you, Ron, we Lutherans are the real Catholics? We’ve reformed the Church, still waiting for you guys to catch up. After all, it’s been nearly 500 years.”

I thought it was humorous. Maybe it’s just me.

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Posted by on February 12, 2011 in Books, Lutheran


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The Lutheran Study Bible – update

Paul McCain just posted the most interesting tweet/Facebook comment:

The Lutheran Study Bible is the 30th best selling Bible on Amazon, out of nearly 25,000 available under the category “Christian Bible.”

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Posted by on February 7, 2011 in Books, Lutheran


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Ten Friends Together, aka, Bus

Ten Friends Together

When my son Bryce was born, some dear friends from church brought over a gift for him.  Not wanting to leave Wesley out, they also brought him a gift too.  They gave him a book titled, Ten Friends Together.  The premise of the book is ten friends being picked up on a bus, one by one, on their way to a church mission fair.  At the end of the each page, it ends with “# friends, going to the fair.”  Wesley enjoys counting each number, which he can do, with the exception of the number 7.  When you get to friend 10, it’s a write-in with your name.  Wesley enjoys when you say his name.  A night can’t go by without reading this book.  It may have become his favorite book, next to Mickey Mouse, of course.

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Posted by on January 10, 2011 in Books, Wesley


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Words of Walther

“Repentance is not a narrow gate through which a person has to squeeze. Repentance is something that God Himself must give to a person. Any kind of repentance that we produce ourselves is false and God is disgusted by it.”

Quoted from Law and Gospel, p. 413-414

HT: President Matthew Harrison

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Posted by on October 8, 2010 in Books, Lutheran, Quotes